CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol oil, is becoming hugely popular as a remedy used to treat all kinds of medical ailments with its natural healing properties.
How is CBD Oil Different from Medical Marijuana?
First off, it’s important to understand how CBD oil differs from marijuana, which is still illegal without a medical prescription in most states. Yes, both marijuana and CBD are cannabis-derived products, but the difference lies in the part of the plant which is used to make each product. There’s hemp-based oil, which we’ll discuss here, and marijuana-based CBD, which is what someone would buy at the dispensary. Both contain CBD, but the medical marijuana CBD is going to have more THC, which is the compound that produces a “high” state of mind.
The variety that is used to make CBD oil is hemp, which is what makes it legal in the United States, as long as it sourced properly (more on this in Oil Quality below). A plant can only be legally considered hemp if it contains 0.3% per dry unit or less of THC. Therefore, CBD hemp oil provides all the benefits of the cannabis plant, but without the THC, which is what causes the mind-altering effects which are found when inhaling or using other methods of consumption.
CBD Oil Health Benefits
Now that we have a clear understanding of what exactly CBD oil is, and more importantly, that it’s safe and legal to use, let’s discuss all the amazing health benefits it offers. Not only does CBD hemp oil contain high levels of cannabidiol, but it is also rich in vitamins, nutrients, minerals, volatile acids, and antioxidants which can further promote your overall health.
Let’s review some of the proven benefits CBD hemp oil provides:
Benefit #1 – CBD Oil for Pain Relief
As we discussed, CBD oil is derived from the marijuana plant, along with 103 other chemical compounds. Marijuana has been used for pain relief as far back as 2900 B.C. Scientists have discovered that specific components of marijuana, including CBD, are responsible for its pain-relieving effects. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptors in our nervous system, thus reducing inflammation and pain.
Those who suffer from chronic pain from diseases like fibromyalgia are finding that CBD oil does offer relief. In fact, CBD has been approved in Canada for treating pain caused by multiple sclerosis and cancer.
What’s really amazing is that CBD oil doesn’t lead to dependence, which makes it a great choice as a pain reliever for those who want to avoid opioids.
Benefit #2 – CBD Oil for Anxiety, Depression & Insomnia
CBD hemp oil is known to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress and help prevent depression. This is due to its ability to increase the levels of “positive” hormones and neurotransmitters in the body. Although it’s common that some people claim that marijuana makes them feel paranoid or anxious, that is because of the psychotropic THC found in cannabis, not in CBD hemp oil.
CBD has been shown to lessen stress and anxiety in those suffering from such conditions as PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). CBD oil can also relieve stress and discomfort associated with public speaking.
CBD hemp oil also has a strong sedative quality, making it a popular remedy for treating insomnia and other sleep disorders, while promoting a better quality of sleep. Before bedtime, inhale a small amount, apply it on your chest or even put a few drops on your pillow, to take advantage of CBD oil’s sleep-inducing benefits.
CBD Oil has shown promise in treating these disorders without all of the potential side effects one may experience with pharmaceutical drugs. CBD Oil has even been used to treat insomnia and anxiety in children safely.
Benefit #3 – CBD Oil for Cancer-Related Symptoms
CBD oil can help reduce symptoms related to cancer and the side effects related to cancer treatment. As mentioned before, CBD oil has been shown to help alleviate the pain associated with cancer, and may also help reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, which are some of the more common side effects.
One study even suggested CBD may inhibit the spread of aggressive breast cancer cells in mice, but more studies in humans need to be completed before a final conclusion can be made.
Multiple studies have shown that using CBD oil, or injecting it directly into tumors, has resulted in the reduction or elimination of tumors. The antioxidants naturally found in CBD hemp oil also provide anti-mutagenic properties, which can help lower the risk of cancer.
Benefit #4 – CBD Oil for Reducing Seizures
Scientists believe that because of CBD’s ability to act on specific neurotransmitters in the body, including the brain, it may have some neuroprotective properties. One study has had promising results in the treatment of neurological disorders like epilepsy (seizures) and multiple sclerosis.
CBD has anti-seizure properties that have been shown to successfully treat children with neurological disorders like epilepsy, and with no side effects. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that CBD decreased the frequency of seizures by 23% compared to those taking a placebo.
While medication has had limited success in treating or preventing epilepsy, CBD oil’s neurological regulatory properties are promising in that it presents a new solution for people who suffer from seizures.
Other studies suggest that CBD might have some positive effects with Alzheimer’s due to its ability to decrease inflammation.
Benefit #5 – CBD Oil for Diabetes
Studies show that cannabidiol present in CBD oil can control diabetes and lower insulin levels. In diabetic mice, CBD has shown to reduce the incidence of diabetes by 56 percent.
Chronic inflammation plays a crucial role in the development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Researchers believe that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD treats this inflammation and improves the body’s metabolism. The immune system, cell growth, sugar metabolism, and heart function also appear to benefit from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.
According to scientific studies, CBD, unlike insulin and other existing medications taken for diabetes, may actually suppress, reverse and perhaps even cure the disease.
Benefit #6 – CBD Oil for Skincare
CBD oil can be used topically, in diluted or undiluted form, to treat skin conditions such as acne and eczema. It reduces the appearance of eczema by encouraging abnormal cells to die off. It also helps regulate the skin’s oil production, which reduces the occurrence of acne.
CBD contains many nutrients like vitamin E which protect the skin and promote its improved appearance. CBC oil’s potent anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe and prevent itchiness, redness, and swelling of the skin.
Benefits #7 – CBD Oil for Heart Health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Practicing a healthy lifestyle is a top priority in the effort to prevent heart disease, and CBD oil can help. According to research, cannabidiol reduces artery blockage, reduces stress-induced cardiovascular response, and can reduce blood pressure. It may also lower cholesterol.
As mentioned earlier, CBD oil is helpful in preventing inflammation. It also reduces oxidative stress. Both of these are often issues which can lead to heart disease.
CBD Oil Side Effects
As you’re reading this, surely you’re wondering if there are any side effects of using CBD oil. The answer is yes, there are some possible side effects. These include fatigue, dry mouth, lightheadedness, hypotension, and impaired motor functions. But when used in small amounts, most people do not experience any side effects at all. Thousands of studies have been conducted, and the results have been overwhelmingly supportive of the therapeutic benefits of CBD oil, with minimal, if any side effects.
However, some people should exercise caution before using CBD oil, based on the following:
- Blood Pressure. If you are currently taking medication for hypertension, combining it with CBD oil may cause dangerously low blood pressure.
- Use Appropriately. As CBD oil can cause sedation, fatigue, and lightheadedness, especially if consumed in large amounts, it’s important not to drive or operate heavy machinery when using it.
- Weight Gain. Appetite stimulation is a side effect of CBD oil, so if you are already struggling with your weight, you’ll need to monitor your food intake to prevent additional weight gain from overeating or snacking between meals.
- Oil Quality. Not all CBD oils are created equally. You’ll want to make sure you are using high-quality oil from a researched brand, and pay attention to any consumer reports concerning these oils. There can be dangers associated with using a poor-quality oil that hasn’t been property produced. The legality of CBD hemp oil is based on where it was sourced from, so if you are buying it from a reputable brand, it’s legality won’t come into question.
- As there hasn’t been much research done to support using CBD oil during pregnancy, it’s recommended that pregnant women refrain from using it, unless advised by their doctor based on their specific condition.
With numerous studies done, there’s no doubt that CBD hemp oil offers a host of health benefits with minimal side effects.
It can be used in many different forms including capsules, supplements, liquid oil, sprays, creams and in edible forms, such as candies or sweets. CBD oil can also be inhaled from vapor-releasing pens, similar to the technology for e-cigarettes.
The appropriate dosage will depend on the individual and the health condition they are trying to remedy. It’s always best to consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the appropriate use and dosage, based on your own needs.